SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Newcomers Melissa Doucette and Kathleen Mantell produced solid all-arounds and junior Kaelei Spoor scored well on all three of her events to lift the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team to 185.725 points and third place in Friday’s season-opening quadrangular meet at the Hornet’s Nest.
The Seawolves also got a 36.100 all-around from junior Shakea Sanders as they came just 0.15 of a point short of upsetting host Sacramento State (185.875). Central Michigan easily won the team competition with 193.575, while Wisconsin-La Crosse was fourth with 180.050.
Mantell, a junior from nearby Antioch, Calif., earned a 9.3 on floor and a 9.275 on vault for a team-best 36.375 all-around in her first collegiate meet. Doucette, a freshman from Rochester, N.H., was close behind at 36.325, including a 9.5 vault and a 9.225 on beam.
Sanders earned a 9.625 on vault in the final rotation, but the Seawolves could not quite erase the Hornets’ 138.755-138.150 lead through three rotations. Freshman Kailey Hansen was the hero for the home team, helping it hang on with a 9.7 on floor in the last performance of the meet. Had Hansen scored 9.525 or worse, the Seawolves would have finished second.
Spoor, UAA’s returning team MVP from 2010, registered the team’s highest score of the night with a 9.65 on floor and added a 9.575 on vault and a team-best 9.425 on beam. The Rome, N.Y., native placed runner-up on floor
Maria Puricelli led the Seawolves on bars with a 9.475, while fellow senior Kristy Boswell – competing for the first time since injuring her knee 11 months ago – returned with a 9.45 on bars.
UAA finishes its initial road trip with a tri-meet Sunday (1 p.m. AST) at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival UC Davis. San Jose State will compete as well.